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As a goodwill gesture for forcing my girlfriend to watch every World Cup match coming this summer, I've agreed to let her turn on the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday. I'm not normally one for monster rockers or dancing turkeys but I thought I'd at least try to get into the swing of the contest this year.

I've just discovered Google's Eurovision Predictor gadget and it's really helping my preparations for the world's campest contest. The tool provides a real time forecast of who is going to win the tournament based on searches for all the different artists on Google. You can view graphs of the search evolution, to chart the acts' popularity over time. Best of all, the Eurovision Predictor includes YouTube videos so you can familiarize yourself with all the songs ready to belt them out loud on Saturday night. Um, not that I'll actually be doing that, you understand.

Eurovision

Last year, Google was spot on when its gadget predicted that Norway would scoop the title. So, according to this year's forecasts, it should be Germany's Lena who claims Eurovision glory. Maybe we'll even find out where she picked up that ridiculous English accent.

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  • angelina |
    27/05/10
    angelina

    You can watch online and live from

    http://www.eurovision2010online.com/?p=234

  • DJSurvivor |
    27/05/10
    DJSurvivor

    Mate, I also thought predictor reliable, before the first semis...But after next day of semis its top 10 contained 2 songs which didnt make to final...it tries to be like exit-polls during political elections, but it failed((

  • Nicholas Mead |
    28/05/10
    Nicholas Mead

    I like this tool James but I have to pick you up on something that may turn Google's prediction on its head and shock the world.

    The likely reason the German entry was the more searched for last night is that it had to qualify for the final in a televised show yesterday from Oslo hence the interest on Google. It's a bit like the Champions League - if you didn't finish high enough last year to qualify automatically - you have to compete against countries such as Azerbaijan (not quite sure how they qualify as part of Europe) to make the final cut. The big scandal was that Sweden didn't qualify which, considering how seriously they take the competition, is on a par with a natural disaster hitting the country.

    BTW, No one believes that its your girlfriend making you watch the show tomorrow. It's you who locks all the doors to make sure no one can get out.

  • mawnck |
    28/05/10
    mawnck

    Nicholas - your rule book is out of date. The only acts that qualify automatically nowadays are the host country and the "Big Four." EVERYBODY else has to survive one of the two semifinals.

    Germany is one of the Big Four, and therefore did not appear in either semifinal. She came by her search results honestly.

    "Eurovision" refers to the network that puts on the contest, not the geographic area. Israel is in there too.

  • Wilson Baez |
    29/05/10
    Wilson Baez

    Quiero oir musica,ver videos en un pod de 8gb de apple.

  • DJSurvivor |
    29/05/10
    DJSurvivor

    Azerbaijan and Israel are politically are European states...thats why they in UEFA, to my knowledge this two nations can even apply to EU membership but as having Azerbaijani roots I will say we are very far for the requirements...keeping up with my roots i hope we win today)

  • James Thornton |
    29/05/10
    James Thornton

    I'm not one to say I told you so, but...

    Google never lies!

  • Tomas |
    31/05/10
    Tomas

    Turns out you were right! Germany won the contest!

  • Nicholas Mead |
    01/06/10
    Nicholas Mead

    @manck My apologies - I'm obviously well out of date on my Eurovision qualification rules. I must do better next year.

    Well done Google and Germany by the way!

  • DJSurvivor |
    01/06/10
    DJSurvivor

    Guyz u shock me)))...everyone knew Germany will win...wasnt really rock scientist)))...Denmark song was better though

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